Poetry under extreme Conditions

Cornelia Schleime

“Whoever drinks from me will turn into a deer“
A surprising characteristic of Cornelia Schleime’s portraits is that they respond intensively to the viewer’s gaze.
The initially disconcerting paintings and drawings in her latest series of works, Camouflage, depict portraits in a rather new and radical way: humans and animals coalesce to form fantastical zoomorphic hybrid figures.
Without references to the mythology, religion or cultural history of the zoomorphic hybrid figures, Cornelia Schleime’s new series of works can be seen instead as a series of experiments on the possibilities and limitations of the portrait. The title refers to techniques of concealment and disguise: the women in the Camouflage pictures hide themselves in their animalistic metamorphoses. It is not clear what they are seeking protection from. Only one thing is sure: they are not playing a flirtatious game of hide-and-seek, the aim of which is to be discovered.

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"Cornelia Schleime"

April 2010

ISBN 978-3-86678-416-1

24,00 x 30,00 cm

88 Pages

47 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

Christiane Bühling-Schultz
Martin Hellmold
Text by
Martin Hellmold
Design by
Polina Bazir, Kerber Verlag
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Cornelia Schleime. Wer aus mir trinkt, wird ein Reh, 30 April to 5 June 2010, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin.

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